EXPO NEWS: Vanderlande and AWL release a robotic small-item picker at Parcel+Post Expo

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Since launching its PACE Digital Suite data solution on the first morning of Parcel+Post Expo 2022, Vanderlande has released a second product at the event. Developed in collaboration with machine builder and robotics company AWL, Auto Induct is a robot-picking solution.

The solution is designed to pick items weighing between 20g and 5kg and place them on a belt for further sortation during the singulation process. Auto Induct is configured for parcel companies that have a dedicated line for smalls. Results from Vanderlande’s tests show that the robot can pick up to 1,500 items per hour. Auto Induct has been designed to ensure each parcel goes through the singulation and sortation process in the most effective and accurate way possible.

Auto Induct enables the robotic picking of small items from a bulk flow of parcels. The solution is expected to help carrier, delivery and parcel companies cope with rising volumes of small parcels, as well as labor shortages. It is also intended to increase the flexibility and scalability of their operations while increasing capacity.

Mike Christman, executive vice president of parcel solutions at Vanderlande, said, “We’re delighted to be collaborating with AWL on this innovative new solution. As well as complementing each other in terms of expertise and technical know-how, we share an open and honest working culture. This is helping us deal with the challenges and complexities of this exciting project.”

Arjen Vos, director of strategy and development at AWL, added, “Auto Induct delivers both companies’ first robot solution designed specifically for the parcel sector. Results from development and testing have been positive, and all our hard work is paving the way for a commercial launch in the second half of 2023.”

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